Rodion Cămătaru

Rodion Gorun Cămătaru (Romanian: [rodiˈon kəməˈtaru]; born 22 June 1958) is a retired Romanian footballer, who played as a striker.

Rodion Cămătaru
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Personal information
Full name Rodion Gorun Cămătaru
Date of birth (1958-06-22) 22 June 1958 (age 63)
Place of birth Strehaia, Romania
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1970–1974 Progresul Strehaia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1986 Universitatea Craiova 288 (122)
1986–1989 Dinamo București 89 (76)
1989–1990 Charleroi 29 (6)
1990–1993 Heerenveen 63 (23)
Total 469 (227)
National team
1978–1990[1] Romania 73 (21)
1979 Romania University
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

He was born in Strehaia and debuted in Divizia A with Universitatea Craiova in 1974. He spent twelve seasons with Universitatea, winning the league titles in 1980 and 1981. In 1986, he was transferred to Dinamo București, where he became the Divizia A top goalscorer the first season with 44 goals in 33 games. He retired in 1993, having played in Belgium and the Netherlands since 1989. Cămătaru scored his last goal as a professional in the Dutch cup final, playing for Heerenveen, on 20 May 1993. The match was won by Ajax.

In a controversial case, he scored 18 goals in the last six matches of the 1986–87 season. Originally, this took him to 44 goals and above Anton Polster that had 39. He then got the European Golden Boot but was later disqualified. Nevertheless, he was allowed to keep his copy of the trophy.[2][3][4] In 1987 he was nominated for the Ballon d'Or.[5][6]

International careerEdit

Cămătaru got 73 caps and scored 21 goals for the Romanian national team, and represented his country at Euro 1984 and the 1990 World Cup.[7]



Universitatea Craiova



  1. ^ "Rodion Gorun Camataru – Goals in International Matches". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  2. ^ a b "Golden Boot ("Soulier d'Or") Awards". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Romanians You Should Know: Rodion Camataru".
  4. ^ Der unglaubliche Camataru (in German)
  5. ^ a b Pierrend, José Luis (1 February 2006). "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1987". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Dumitru Macri, primul fotbalist român nominalizat la Balonul de Aur! Gică Hagi, aproape de succes în 1994" [Dumitru Macri, the first Romanian footballer nominated for the Golden Ball! Gica Hagi, almost successful in 1994] (in Romanian). 30 November 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  7. ^ "European Football". Rodion Cămătaru. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  8. ^ a b c Rodion Cămătaru at (in Romanian) and

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